ARC Review: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Published by Saga Press on October 13, 2020

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 454 Format: eARC Source: NG

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

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Highly Anticipated Titles ~ May 2019

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. May is full of exciting releases and I’ve got a handful that are high on my TBR. Check them out below!

WHTF_JKT_2p.inddWe Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Expected on May 14, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

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Mini Reviews: The Steel Prince, The One Hundred Nights of Hero, & Book Love

Today I’ve got some short thoughts on three graphics I picked up recently. Check them out below!

TheSteelPrinceShades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

Published by Titan Comics on March 6, 2019

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

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ARC Review: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

thedevouringgrayThe Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 2, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 368 Format: ARC Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

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ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

RedWhiteandRoyalBlueRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 14, 2019

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 432 Format: eARC Source: NG

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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Book Review: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

OddOneOutOdd One Out by Nic Stone

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on October 9, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. 

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

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Teaser Tuesday: Odd One Out


Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Coming up in the teen book club we host at the high school and chosen by the students, Odd One Out by Nic Stone is ready to rock our worlds. I’m excited to fully dive into this one as it’s been on my TBR since it’s release and I’m hoping the teens will love it just as much as I know I will.

That’s always when I wake up. Usually sweaty, panting, dizzy as hell, and with no clue where I am. I do know what the nightmare references…


To add insult to injury, she’s just going on about her life like me not being around has no effect on her whatsoever. 

Have you read Odd One Out? Did these teasers pull you in?

Let me know in the comments below!

Mini Reviews: The Rising Gold & The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

I’m trying to catch up with reviews before the end of the year so I’m sharing my thoughts on two YA titles that came out in October. Check them out below!

TheRisingGoldThe Rising Gold by Ava Jae

Published by Sky Pony Press on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 424 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A new world ruler is crowned. 

Plunged into a crumbling world of foreign politics that is desperate for a leader, Eros chooses a loyal prince to help him navigate the hostile sands of Safara. But not everyone is happy to see a half-blood become the most powerful person on the planet.

A queen must restore her nation.

In power once more, Kora faces new challenges and a difficult decision that puts someone close to her in mortal danger. The wrong choice could destroy her relationships, her right to rule, and her life.

A rebellion is brewing.

With their world collapsing around them, new threats spreading across the globe, and their loved ones at risk, the people of Safara―Sepharon and human alike―depend on Eros and Kora to fix their bleeding world. But with generations of hate stacked against them, the two young monarchs may be doomed to fail.

Full of complicated romantic and familial relationships as well as a compelling scifi storyline, The Rising Gold is a wonder of a finale. I adore Eros and Deimos together and their scenes are incredible throughtout whether it’s soft relationship stuff or trying to hold Safara together. Kora has her own path trying to do right by her people while not losing her brother in the process. Dealing with difficult political situations and taking on systemic opression lifts this story up to another level and I absolutely recommend picking up this series!

TheLadysGuidetoPetticoatsandPiracyThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Pages: 450 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

Ah the return of Mackenzi Lee and her sassy/saucy characters, this time with Felicity at the helm. Her determination and drive fuels the story and all of her faults are on full display. The pace of this one is significantly different and a little repetitive but bright spots are the edition of Sim and Johanna. Of course Monty and Percy make standout appearances but the ladies are clearly running the show. I loved all of the medical and dragons stuff too! If you loved Gentleman’s Guide, defintely pick this one up!

Have you read either of these books? Started these series?

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Mini Reviews: Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 4 & 5 and Princeless, Vol. 6

I flew through some of my favorite middle grade/YA comics this past week and thought I’d wrap up my opinions in one little post. Check them out below!

RavenPiratePrincess4Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 4 Two Ships in the Night by Jeremy Whitley & Xenia Pamfil

Published by Action Lab Entertainment on February 20, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Fantasy

Pages: 128 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Year 2 of Raven’s quest for Love and Revenge begins! With the whole crew back together in one piece, it’s time for a celebration. But some of the crew have ulterior motives for this party and they’ll take a romantic twist! What no one expects is the party to be cut short by an attack that will tear some relationships apart, push others closer together, and leave our crew one lady short.

RavenPiratePrincess5Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 5 Get Lost Together by Jeremy Whitley, Christine Hip, & Nicole D’Andria

Published by Action Lab Entertainment on July 10, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Fantasy

Pages: 128 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Six weeks have passed since the attack on the ship and the loss of Sunshine. Now everyone is trying to get back to normal, including Ximena, who has been putting off confessing her feelings for the love of her life. Now she’s finally ready to try and make it work, but is this relationship cursed?

And what did happen to Sunshine? While the crew is sure she’s dead, she has found a new life on a mysterious island. While everything seems perfect, is there something terrifying lurking beneath the surface?

It’s been too long since I picked up awesome comics featuring this kick ass female crew and these two volumes start off a strong and intriguing new chapter for Raven and the rest. While the new art style isn’t my fave, it still captures the essence of the story, and the character dynamics are off the charts. There’s a lot of different threads to keep track of but I cannot get enough of each one of these characters. Relationships and romance are woven deep here and I’m so glad some moments that I’ve hoped for came to fruition. It should be interesting to see where the story goes next!

PrincelessVol6Princeless, Vol. 6 Make Yourself Part 2 by Jeremy Whitley, Brett Grunig, & Emily Martin

Published by Action Lab Entertainment on December 5, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Fantasy

Pages: 128 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Mothers, Daughters, Dwarves, and Dragons collide in the epic conclusion to “Princeless: Make Yourself.” Return to the snow covered mountains of The Rim for the epic conclusion of “Make Yourself,” the biggest arc of Princeless yet! Will Bedelia’s reunion with her mom be any of what she hoped for or will she leave just as bitter as she came? And when an epic dragon attack threatens Adrienne’s quest to save the twins and the safety of the whole Dwarven village, the Dragon Slayers will jump into action. But there’s one catch: the dangerous dragon is Sparky’s mom!

Finally a new Princeless to get excited about! Adrienne is ready to save her twin sisters if only foolish men would stop getting in her way while Bedelia’s got adventure of her own as Sparky meets her mom. There’s a lot of action in this one with epic sword fights and sky battles across the page. Plus the twins were quite funny. The last portion of this volume was a self contained story that was super epic and endearing. My only hang up with this title is that it is so slow to come out. I need to know what happens next!

Have you read Princeless and Raven the Pirate Princess?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Firestarter

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

FirestarterFirestarter by Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony

Expected Date: January 15, 2019

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan–to bring back the lost god of time.

As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes–Prague, Austria, India–nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what’s most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.

Tara Sim’s Firestarter is most likely to wreck me but I just love Danny, Colton, Daphne, and all the rest so much and I don’t want this series to end. Protect the clock towers at all costs!!!

Have you read Timekeeper and Chainbreaker? Excited/terrified for Firestarter?

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